I talk a lot about pushing back against ableism — about confronting people, deflecting their microaggressions, and speaking our bodies’ needs. But I also want to say very, very clearly: constructive non-engagement is a perfectly valid form of activism and self-advocacy.
Living in disabled bodies, we do well to choose our battles wisely. There are days that our bodies are fine with engaging the ableism of the world around us, and there are days that we have to save our energies for other things. Of course, at times, we must engage and struggle and push back in order to protect body and mind, but there are also times when making the choice to not engage is itself an act of empowerment.
Activism can take many forms. As disabled people, doing what we need to do in order to take care of our bodies and minds is a powerful form of resistance and activism. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than worthy and powerful because, in the face of the ignorance of others, you simply take care of yourself and go on your way.
© 2013 by Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg